Craig – Search Update to Community July 2019
A Message from the Head of School Search Committee Chair
On behalf of the Search Committee I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the progress of the Head of School search, as the Board of Trustees seeks to identify Tad Jacks’ successor. First, I would like to welcome Debra Quinn, 7th grade parent, and Kathy McNeil, 12th grade parent, to the Search Committee.
While some activity related to the search has been visible to the Craig School community, many of the most important steps over the coming months will be taking place behind the scenes, and I will provide periodic updates about this progress.
As previously announced, Educators’ Collaborative (EC) consultants John Mackenzie and Deirdre Ling have been retained as our search team. Last month they conducted an on-line survey of our School’s community and interviewed a number of key stakeholders by phone in order to gather feedback regarding the state of the School and its aspirations for the future. After the start of the school year in September, they will come to campus and meet with parents, students, teachers, staff, and alums in order to gain a deeper understanding of the School. In the meantime, EC and Craig have put together a detailed profile to inform and encourage candidates to apply for the Head of School position. The profile can be viewed by clicking here.
EC is now actively engaged in building a strong candidate pool and then vetting the candidates through preliminary interviews and reference checks. Our Search Committee expects to begin screening candidates late in the summer, with the intention of identifying a small group of finalists, who will be invited to Craig for interviews in the fall.
Out of respect for candidate privacy, all communications with candidates and all interviews prior to the finalist stage will be handled in a confidential manner. During the finalist visits, however, there will be opportunities for those in the school community to meet with the candidates and to provide their impressions of each. It is the Search Committee’s goal to select the next Head of School in late fall, and we are on track to meet that schedule. As a reminder, the Head-Elect will not officially assume responsibilities at Craig until July 1, 2020 upon the conclusion of Tad Jacks’ tenure.
I will provide additional information between now and the finalist visits. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Amanda Jahn, Chair
Head of School Search Committee